Church Monuments Society Essay Competition 2020

Mary Magdalene Horton

Alabaster tomb chest with a pair of effigies to Lord William Parr and his wife Mary, d. 1555 daughter of John Salisbury, St. Mary Magdalene, Main Street, Horton, Northamptonshire

The Council of the Church Monuments Society offers a biennial prize of £500 called the Church Monuments Essay Prize, to be awarded with a certificate for the best essay submitted in the relevant year. The aim of the competition is to stimulate people, particularly those who may be writing on church monuments for the first time, to submit material for the peer-reviewed international CMS journal Church Monuments. Therefore, the competition is open only to those who have not previously published an article in Church Monuments.

The  subject  of  the  essay  must  be  an  aspect  of  church monuments of any period in Britain or abroad. The length (including  endnotes)  shall  not  exceed  10,000  words  and  a maximum  of  10  illustrations,  preferably  in  colour.  The prize will only be awarded if the essay is considered by the judges   to   be   of   sufficiently   high   standard   to   merit publication in Church Monuments.

The closing date for new entries is 31 December 2020.

For a copy of the rules and for the guidelines to contributors please   take   time   to   look   at   the   Society’s   website,   or   contact   the   Hon. Journal   Editors   for  more  details   and/or  advice  on   the suitability of a particular topic.

For more information, please contact Dr Jonathan Trigg (


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About ameliahyde

Amelia Roché Hyde holds an MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she studied cross-cultural artistic traditions of medieval Spain, taking an in-depth look at the context and role of Spanish ivories within sacred spaces. Her favorite medieval art objects are ones that are meant to be handled and touched, and she has researched ivories, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The British Museum. Amelia is the Research Assistant at The Met Cloisters for upcoming exhibitions.

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